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Path of least resistance

Probably the most important recommendation of the recent Stern review of the economics of climate change was that carbon must be priced if societies want to get climate change under control.

Permission to pollute

Promising a 20% cut in carbon emissions by 2020, the EU now claims to be the world leader in tackling climate change.

Palm oil: the biofuel of the future driving an ecological disaster now

The numbers are damning. Within 15 years 98% of the rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia will be gone, little more than a footnote in history.

Swamp fever

Has a sewage farm just outside the New Zealand city of Blenheim provided a solution to the world’s energy shortages?

Apart from used chip fat, there is no such thing as a sustainable biofuel

Now they mi ght start sitting up. They wouldn’t listen to the environmentalists or even the geologists. Can governments ignore the capitalists?

Q&A: Climate change

What is climate change?

Q&A: Plastic bags

London councils are pushing for a city-wide ban on plastic shopping bags. Will a ban help, and why are plastic bags so bad? Jessica Aldred explains.


Every hour in Britain we throw away enough rubbish to fill the Albert Hall - and most of it ends up in overflowing landfill sites. But how much waste does each of us produce in 24 hours?

£500m project offers jobs and income, but will it devastate the environment?

The moors of north Lewis are desolate in midwinter, a treeless expanse of ochre grasses and rich black peat, pummelled by Arctic winds driving in from the north Atlantic.

Q&A: Biofuels

Once heralded as the alternative fuel source of the future, biofuels have come under scrutiny recently with a number of reports suggesting they cause more harm to the environment than originally thoug

The western appetite for biofuels is causing starvation in the poor world

It doesn’t get madder than this. Swaziland is in the grip of a famine and receiving emergency food aid.

Renewable revolution is here, says UN report

A gold rush of new investment into renewable power over the past 18 months has led the United Nations to conclude that clean energy could provide almost a quarter of the world’s electricity by 2030.

If we want to save the planet, we need a five-year freeze on biofuels

It used to be a matter of good intentions gone awry. Now it is plain fraud. The governments using biofuel to tackle global warming know that it causes more harm than good.

Where are the green houses?

The housing crisis has resulted in the government introducing the most ambitious housing growth policies ince the 60s. The impact of these policies on carbon emissions will be dramatic.

Global meltdown: scientists isolate areas most at risk of climate change

Scientists have long agreed that climate change could have a profound impact on the planet; from melting ice sheets and withering rainforests, to flash floods and droughts.